SD43 has partnered with Microsoft Canada and kwikwəƛə̓m (Kwikwetlem) First Nation to launch “Minecraft Education: Pacific Northwest Coast Experience.
Students all around the world can now use Minecraft to explore and learn about Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest through cultural and traditional experiences.
In partnership with Microsoft Canada, kwikwəƛə̓m (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, School District 43 (SD43) Indigenous Education and SD43 STEAM launched “Minecraft Education: Pacific Northwest Coast Experience” earlier this month.
It’s set to allow students to travel back in time to a coastal community as inhabitants are preparing for winter, a news release stated.
Microsoft Canada noted the in-game world is aiming to increase awareness of coastal peoples’ unique perspectives and artistry by having students travel to assist a community to prepare for winter through sustainable harvesting practices.
Students will gather cedar bark and planks as well as pulling salmon from the gillnets so that community continues to thrive as it has for generations.
“Once students have learned these important skills from elders and knowledge keepers, they may choose to construct a new sustainable village up the coast,” the release added.
The Minecraft world will allow players to develop an understanding of indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, focusing on the interconnectedness of all living and non-living things, it said.
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